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Purple Crocus Dress

Added Jun 29, 2015

by red-lia

Kiryat Bialik, I...






An evening gown for my daughter’s graduation party.

This is my first fully-lined dress. The outer layer is chiffon, and the lining is satin. I made a lot of modifications to the original pattern: I changed the straps into fine spaghetti straps that are cris-crossed weaved at the back, removed the original back for little triangles to frame the back , and replaced the pleated knee-length skirt with a semi-circle full length skirt with a thigh-high slit.

As if the pressure of making a fully lined dress for the first time, with so many mods, and having it approved by my extremely opinionated girl – my machine died in the middle of the process! I had to complete many seams by hand, and some with the assistance of my mother’s machine.

To give the dress a proper frontal support, I bought a bra, slashed it at the sides and removed the straps, and sewed it manually into to lining of the dress. I attached the bra’s hooks to the front edge of the straps, so the bra is hanging from the dress’ straps is if they were its own.

Despite the frustrating making, my girl was delighted with the outcome. She got lots of compliments and most important: she was the only one wearing purple…

Material Notes

3 meters purple chiffon, 2.5 meters satin lining, invisible zipper, fusible interfacing for the bodice.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Classic, Bridal, Evening Wear
Chiffon, Satin

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    Jul 4, 2015, 01.51 PMby Abigail Doyle

    Although I am totally purple-biased, this is absolutely awesomeness! Your daughter must have been very happy to not only look so amazing but be so unique.

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      Jul 5, 2015, 06.23 AMby red-lia

      Thank you so much for your awesome comment!

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    Jun 30, 2015, 10.49 AMby Joanne C.

    An outstanding dress! Wish I had the same in my grad party yesteryears :) Congratulations to your daughter and to you..

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      Jun 30, 2015, 03.33 PMby red-lia

      Thank you!
      (Wish I had a prom. We didn’t have this style of party back then.)

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    Jun 29, 2015, 08.27 PMby Sophie <3

    Oh my goodness! She looks gorgeous!!!! And that waistband is ON POINT!!!!!

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      Jun 30, 2015, 04.23 AMby red-lia

      Thank you! And I can’t take any credit for her looks, she takes so much after my husband…

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    Jun 29, 2015, 06.05 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Beautiful dress! Your daughter look fabulous!

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      Jun 29, 2015, 07.02 PMby red-lia

      Thank you so much, Ellen! I’ll tell her!

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    Jun 29, 2015, 05.01 PMby cchristie

    Wow. That dress is truly amazing. It would be impossible not to be pleased with the result. You must be grinning!

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      Jun 29, 2015, 05.29 PMby red-lia

      Thank you so much! Yes, I am ;-D

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